I have dug through the Internet this week and uncovered all this geeky goodness. You can find the thousands of links from previous weeks here.
I have marked my favorite links with a ∞. Enjoy.
Science to Read, Write, and Watch
Someone did a study on what was in hot dogs. You want to know, don’t you? It is as you feared
∞ I had a discussion on Huffington Post Live about Elysium and space station science. Catch it here!
Is fibromyalgia real? As always, it’s complicated
“Impossible triangles” aren’t neurological traps, on the contrary, they free our brains
What does our garbage say about us? What will it say to the future?
A Perseid from space is incredible
XKCD understands absolute and relative risk…and swimming dogs with guns
How to Love a Whale Shark–the giant polka-dotted roombas of the ocean
∞ A scientific thrill in itself: the chance to see evolution in action — over and over again.
The dark side to viral videos of the most adorable creatures
A fun, if a bit simplified, animation: A Brief History of Physics
The new robot that uses a steerable needle to remove deadly blood clots in the brain
∞ Psychology is a science. Now shut up about it.
The psychologist who refuted an entire culture of over-valuing eyewitness testimony
∞ A Million Poisoning Planes – What the world would be like if the chemtrail conspiracy were true?
Someone get on Drunk Skepticism: Houdini Drunk History
The firestorms resulting from dropping a mountain from space would only cover some of North America. So that’s a relief.
∞ The ISS could cross the length of a football field before a bullet traveled 10 yards
“Science accuses them of dumbing down the discourse of America…but wadded-up $100 bills make pretty good earplugs.” On the death of educational TV
People Worship Weeping Tree In California, “Tears” Are Actually Aphid Poop
∞ “She could have carefully portrayed the measured views of physicians and scientists. But that’s not what happened.” An analysis of a terrible anti-GMO article
It’s dubbed the “Tiger Spider” because, well…
How to become a fossil: Die near a volcano or a bog
Religious people are less intelligent than atheists, an analysis of over 63 scientific studies concludes
Death is not a switch; it might even be like going out with a cognitive “bang”
∞ The worst way to die might be being fed on by 150,000 ticks. These moose know real terror
Don’t equate autism and cancer; that’s hack reporting
Try sharing this on Facebook instead: Court Rulings Don’t Confirm Autism-Vaccine Link
Nerdery at its Finest
Pacific Rim didn’t have much animatronics, but the little it did was done right
What phenomenon is causing this black hole whirlpool?
When Spider-man’s original girlfriend died, it was from the whiplash of a web-save #sadscience
∞ We know what would really happen in a fight between Batman and Superman
Diagnosing Anakin Skywalker: Borderline Personality Disorder
My heart is splintered. Is this the most gut-wrenching Ninja Turtles fan art ever made?
How to make a real Sharknado, because science!
GIFs and Images for 2-Seconds of Wow
The prettiest shot of Mars I have ever seen. Like ice cap ice cream
∞ Wonderful comparisons to make it science-fun: This measuring cup is awesome
The Namib desert is a sheet of rolling red silk
∞ Panthers are crazy-agile (even though the trick seems kinda mean)
The bullets of space: What a micro-meteorite hole looks like; found in Endeavour’s radiator
Here is the difference between space rocks, GIFified
This is what a seagull buffet looks like
Planes can’t fly too close to each other because of fluid dynamics. See?
∞ An amazing mammatus cloud thunderstorm in Texas
The Lotus Effect makes water act like mercury
You’ve seen a gun fire underwater, but this one is super slo-mo
An eruption of Reventador–an active stratovolcano in the eastern Andes of Ecuador
NASA’s graphic of all 1,400 known PHAs (potentially hazardous asteroids), one is a Earth-killer
Sahara desert clouds from space. Like a wedding veil
When a poisonous frog looks like a dollop of sherbert
Somehow the dunes on Mars can look like a beautifully dancing woman
This gas crater has been burning for decades, preparing world for Lucifer’s return, probably
I will say it forever: Fireworks in reverse are better than regular fireworks
∞ The same forest photographed 365 times. Each shot a slice
Pop Culture Happenings
Incredibly sensitive theremins (like individual finger movements) playing Beethoven? Sign me up
“My blog is my principal source of income. AMA.”
∞ Frank Herbert called him the only artist to have visited DUNE. Here are his fantastic illustrations
What if you composed a song based on how birds were sitting on power lines?
∞ Wired’s list of 22 writers, thinkers, tweeters who know what’s up in science (feat. yours truly!)
Tell Google to define “literally.” Language is crumbling
Here’s what Elysium did wrong — and what it did right
∞ Portraits of Albanian Women Who Have Lived Their Lives As Men. A fascinating cultural quirk
Yes, the HISTOMAP of the last 4,000 years is epic. And only 2,000 years before that the whole world was created!